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Desalination to solve Crimea's water shortage

The region could be getting Russian-made desalination plants in the near future, reducing the freshwater supply gap left by Kiev's sanction

Dry irrigation canals in Crimea, 2015. Ukraine shut down the supply of water to Crimea
Dry irrigation canals in Crimea, 2015. Ukraine shut down the supply of water to Crimea

The Republic of Crimea might be able to resolve its freshwater shortage with a new 50-billion-ruble water desalination project. The region received as much as 85 percent of its water from Ukraine, however that all ended in April of 2014, with Crimea's annexation into the Russian Federation.

Map of Autonomous Republic of Crimea
Map of Autonomous Republic of Crimea

The idea for the desalination project is the result of a business mission of industrialist from the Middle Urals. They are suggesting that two plants be built at Kerch and Sevastopol. The desalination equipment, which will come from the Russian region of Sverdlovsk, is powered with nuclear energy and does not use a membrane like its foreign counterparts, thus reducing costs.

Desalination with Reverse Osmosis modules
Desalination with Reverse Osmosis modules

The Crimean Ministry of Fuel and Energy will be sent a concrete proposal in the coming months. 

 

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